I got Mrs Mutant a netbook for Christmas, and grabbed one for myself as well. Questions about best practices to integrate Linux machines into an OS X household.
I took advantage of retailer desperation here in London and grabbed two Acer Aspire One
netbooks at knock down prices. We've got the 8GB / 512MB SSD models.
We haven't had any problems getting them onto our wireless LAN (big multistory flat so we've got two access points both running WPA), email & browsing work very well, as does downloading & installing new software. And, of course, Open Office is a real gem, manipulating MS Office files without a hiccup.
I've used these instructions
to switch to a more flexible desktop, and used these instructions
to recover as much disk space as possible.
While we've got pure-ftp
installed and running, I've was curious what we could do to more appropriately integrate these machines into an OS X household.
Supposedly they are Bonjour
network service discovery and avahi-compat-libdns-sd
Apple Bonjour mDNSResponder packages are installed), but we haven't had any luck either seeing either netbook on the LAN or having our various Macs (two iMacs running 10.3, one iMac running 10.4, and assorted Macs running 10.5) show up on the Acer's desktop.
So any tips / suggestions to make using these things more easy? I'm not adverse to replacing the installed Linpus
with another distribution if necessary.
The best end state for us would be seamless mounting, in both directions, of shared volumes across the LAN, iDisk support and some type of contact / calendar syncing (we're currently using MobileMe for this as it supports our iPhones).